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Should we fear the Hungry Ghosts?

August 12, 2010

By Chit A. Tribiana

Bad things come in threes. Before you dismiss this as just another folk superstition, let's hear it from people who might know something we don't. Feng shui believers say that three types of afflictions have converged to cause serious trouble in the month of August.

"The last time this phenomenon happened was 60 years ago," says Marites Allen, an internationally recognized geomancy expert. Marites refers to the triple whammy caused by the rare combination of negative energies that could bring havoc to your life and relationships. First, she notes clashes in the Four Pillars chart, an ancient method of analyzing destiny based on year, month, day and hour, along with their interaction with the five elements and the 12 astrological signs. Second, the Flying Star chart shows that the nasty Five Yellow Star, considered the star of Misfortune, has flown into the center direction, which signifies financial loss and illnesses this month. The Flying Star is a school of feng shui that studies the changes in the direction of the elements and their positive or negative effects on daily life. And third, the seventh month of the lunar calendar, which falls on August 10th to September 7th, happens to be the Hungry Ghost month-a much dreaded period in Chinese culture.

Clashes in the Four Pillars Chart

The August Four Pillars chart indicates not only a clash between the wood and metal element that could bring about violence and burglary, but also a clash in the Earthly branches involving the Monkey and Tiger. These two animal signs are astrological enemies and their interaction could mean serious problems in romance or marital relationships. The clash could also manifest in traffic accidents.

Misfortune Star in the Center

The Flying Star School of feng shui is represented by a grid with three columns and three rows indicating the nine directions and nine stars that change directions every year and every month. The monthly chart for the period August 8th to September 7th shows that the Star number 5, also known as the Misfortune Star, has flown to the center. Unless proper precautions are taken, this could bring about financial setbacks and illnesses affecting the abdominal region. Marites advises those in business to exercise due diligence before closing transactions and to sign major contracts only on 'safe' days to avoid losses. "This is where the Feng Shui Almanac comes in handy", she says. The Almanac is a valuable guide for scheduling important personal and business activities on favorable days to guarantee positive results. For extra protection, she recommends displaying the Five Element Pagoda Ringing Bell in the center of the office or home, or wearing the Tree of Life Five Element Pagoda Pendant or the Five Element Pagoda Pendant.

Hungry Ghost Month

The seventh lunar month is referred to as the Hungry Ghost Month, which corresponds to Halloween in Western culture, with the actual Hungry Ghost Day falling on August 23rd. The Chinese believe that on this day, the gates of Hell open up, releasing spirits to visit the living, seeking to be fed. The entire month is a period of excessive yin energy, therefore people must veer away from yin activities like attending wakes or funerals, visiting the sick, or even wearing black lest they attract more negative energies. It is also believed that people easily get sick and are more likely to meet with disasters and accidents during this period. Another superstition is that swimming should be avoided because malevolent spirits could cause drowning. Folks are advised to forego late nights and choose a better time to get married, start a business, move house, or even travel.

How to keep safe

Hungry ghosts are believed to be so desperate that unless fed, they could bring bad luck to those whose energy levels are very low. So how are they satisfied? Not with human food, although some people offer those as a token, but with smoke because that is what they can smell. We should feed them by burning kemenyen incense and reciting some mantras to appease their spirits. Once satisfied, they become our protectors and cosmic guardians. Using protective cures also helps in ensuring that they do not cause mischief in our lives. The Hum pendant worn next to the skin can protect you from potential harm from these spirits. There are other ways of appeasing spirits during this precarious period. Doing charity work to gain cosmic favor is one of them. Burning incense, wearing amulets-let time tell if they indeed work to keep misfortune at arm's length. To paraphrase an old saying: Better an ounce of precaution than a ton of woes.

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